Further decision re-opens the door on business method and computer program patents - .PDF file.
By Robynne Sanders and Rob McMaster
Australia’s Federal Court has handed down another decision with significant implications for the patentability of business method, software and computer-implemented inventions.
In RPL Central Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Patents, Justice Middleton of the Federal Court held that a computer-implemented method of gathering information to assess a person’s competency against a qualification standard was patentable.
The decision is much more favourable to patent applicants than the recent decision of Justice Emmett in Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents, where it was held that mere generation and storage of data in a computer was not be enough to create patentable subject matter…
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